The poem is also based on the assumption and belief of many mathematicians that the digits of the number pi are truly random, with the odds of any digit from 0-9 occurring at any place in pi being 1/10 (mathematically, this means that pi is "normal"). Pi appears to behave that way, but it has not been conclusively proven. For details, see "Are the Digits of Pi Random?" from Berkeley Labs or "Pi a la Mode" from Science News. See also "Pi Digits." You can also search for strings of digits in pi and explore its beauty yourself, or just stare at the first 10,000 digits.
Digital PietyWhen I was fourteen, I cheated God, twice
Stealing from Sunday School to an unused room,
While others learned the King James, I consumed
Another precious text. My quest, to memorize
Photocopied verses from a heavenly find
Two weeks, with Sundays, packed with faithful chants:
But the only good impression was on me,
All creation is embraced, for randomness so pure,
Or as text, find any Bible book; or gaze
Beauty in the chaos, art without design?
God is one. But that number is not the end of the story,
(Jeff Lindsay, April 25, 2004)
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